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Small wants to right wrongs on SD73 board

Joe Small wants a better reputation for the Kamloops-Thompson board of education. That’s why if the incumbent school trustee from Sahali is granted a second term in the Oct.
Joe Small
Joe Small is seeking a seat on the Kamloops-Thompson board of education in the Oct. 20 civic election.

Joe Small wants a better reputation for the Kamloops-Thompson board of education.

That’s why if the incumbent school trustee from Sahali is granted a second term in the Oct. 20 civic election, he wants the board of education to work on “righting wrongs,” such as revisiting the decision it made last spring to move to a one-week spring break.

Small said the board passed the motion despite survey results showing the majority of district employees and the public were in favour of a two-week spring break.

“There are 60 districts in the province and two of them only have a one-week spring break,” Small said.

He said SD73 needs a board that is willing to make changes and work with its employee groups on decisions such as spring break.

Small also wants to educate the province on the unique enrolment challenges facing the district when seeking capital funding.

“We’re the size of Belgium,” Small said of the school district’s geographical size.

He said Kamloops must be seen as a unique entity within the district because that is where the enrolment issues are, arguing it’s not reasonable to bus students from an overcrowded Valleyview secondary to Chase or Barriere. As a former teacher in Manitoba and Fraser Lake and as a former administrator in SD73, Small said he brings a wealth of experience to the board.

In Kamloops between the 1990s and 2000s, he served once as vice-principal and four times as principal, all in elementary schools until he retired in 2013.

“In 2014, I felt that my educational contribution to Kamloops wasn’t over yet and I was elected,” Small said, noting his intention was always to seek more than one term.

“The first term is always like a learning term and I’ve learned a lot,” he said.

If elected, Small said, he would be the only trustee with a background as a teacher now that Joan Cowden has chosen not to seek re-election.

Contact Small by email at jpsmall@telus.net.